Virtual Jury Trials Being Tested in Orange and Osceola Counties
- June 8, 2020
- / Richard Dellinger
- / Articles,Coronavirus COVID-19 Task Force,Alternative Dispute Resolution,Litigation & Trial Practice
- Two (2) parties only;
- In-person jury selection may be accomplished in two (2) hours or less for each party;
- The evidentiary portion of trial can be completed remotely in less than two (2) days via Zoom, Teams or WebEx (instruction, closings and deliberations to occur in person);
- The case is ready for trial in July 2020; and,
- Both parties consent to a remote trial in the pilot project and waive any appellate issue as to the manner in which the case was tried.
The Administrative Order requires that the remote civil jury trials be completed in the month of July 2020 so the results, findings and recommendations can be reported to the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court by July 31, 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ninth Judicial Circuit remained open and conducted most of its proceedings by videoconference or conference call.